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Palm Pre Ad Fiasco

Many people (especially within the blogging community) have been raising hell about the new Palm Pre TV ads. Evidently, the ads are freaky and scary.

While I couldn’t agree more, a lot of people are fighting back, saying things like:

Palm PreWe weren’t trying to creep people out, but one thing I have learned now in this digital age is people can be as rude as they want as long as they don’t have to look you in the face. The Pre is probably being talked about more than other phones right now because of the marketing and advertising, and that’s a good thing. Could the ads work harder to show exactly how the phone works? Yes, but we knew it would be polarizing people to have a woman not shout at them and tell an interesting story.
–Gary Koepke, co-founder and executive creative director at Modernista, the agency responsible for the Palm Pre’s ad campaign.


But let’s get a few things straight:

  • People are not talking about the phone. They’re talking about the Palm Pre ads, which apparently freak them out.
  • The ads have failed to generate any sort of “good” hype around the product. Again, we’re mostly only talking about the ads, not the phone.
  • After first watching the ad, I was left confused. Sort of a “WTF?!” moment (especially with the ad about reincarnation below the fold). Sure, maybe the ad stands out compared to anything else, but confusion alone is not going to get me to run out and impulsively buy your phone.
  • The ad completely lacked any kind of excitement that would compel me to learn more about the phone.
  • People actually think the Palm Pre girl is a computer simulation.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I absolutely hate seeing good products go down the drain because of bad marketing or a horrible launch. Hopefully, the Palm Pre takes off (and I still don’t think it will anytime soon), because even if you don’t like the product, the iPhone could always use some competition.

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Michelle Malkin on The View

I swear I’m becoming a bigger fan every day:

From Hot Air:

Most of the questions had to do with whether Bush’s administration wasn’t at least equally corrupt, thereby proving that the bar for Hopenchange is being reset a little bit lower every day. As the boss says, “You know you’ve won the argument when the ladies of the View are reduced to arguing how corrupt they are, and not whether.”

Notice Whoopi running and hiding to the audience at 3:47 (detracting from the topic). Also, is she really wearing an apron?

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GigaOM: “Google CEO Eric Shmidt Resigns from Apple Board”

Things are starting to get heated in what seems to be the wake of some heavy competition in the smartphone industry:

“Eric has been an excellent Board member for Apple, investing his valuable time, talent, passion and wisdom to help make Apple successful,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Unfortunately, as Google enters more of Apple’s core businesses, with Android and now Chrome OS, Eric’s effectiveness as an Apple Board member will be significantly diminished, since he will have to recuse himself from even larger portions of our meetings due to potential conflicts of interest. Therefore, we have mutually decided that now is the right time for Eric to resign his position on Apple’s Board.”


This just after the FCC’s investigation of Apple and AT&T after Google Voice Apps were rejected. GigaOM’s Om Malik raises a good point: Google is a growing company, and with lobbying power in Washington, Google could have silently initiated the FCC’s investigation. Is Jobs merely responding by dropping Google CEO Eric Shmidt off the board?

One can only assume.

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Ben Bernanke: “I don’t know” when asked which Foreign Financial Institutions Took Over $500 Billion in Central Liquidity Swaps

This Grayson guy really knew what buttons to push, and did a fantastic job showing that Bernanke needed to step up his audit-game.

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Increasing the Unemployment Rate through Minimum Wage?

It’s like every time I turn on the news I hear something the government is doing that’s in effect systematically speeding up the U.S.’s downfall. Today and for the past week there’s been talk about the minimum wage’s 70 cent jump to $7.25.

John Stossel of ABC News’ 20/20 explains.

Let’s just kill jobs we spent billions to save, right?

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